One airport square

Mixed-use building

One Airport Square is a multi-functional building. It hosts commercial spaces on the ground floor and a ten-floor office block on the southwest of the lot, due to the specific form and orographic features of the site. In view of the desire for a contrast between the project area and the surrounding townscape, the rendezvous space for employees and the public received special attention. The generously proportioned square is suitable for various events, fairs or other activities, and may be used as an exhibition space for permanently installed works of art. Such initiatives, together with the commercial activities, will bring the area to life, by day and by night.
Aesthetic elements and architectural design inspired by the traditional local art and by the from the bark of the palm trees typical of that area, closely linked to environmental strategies to provide a viable solution to climate problems.
The building envelope is the key element that demonstrates the integration between form, structure and environmental strategies.
One Airport Square is the first building in Ghana to have been awarded 4-Stars (Design Stage) by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).


energy performance

-48% HVAC CO2

13 kg CO2 / mq y

Greenstar 4****

heating 0 kWht / mq y

cooling 111 kWhf / mq y

Location:Accra, Ghana

Year: 2010 – 2015, built project

Client: Actis Boston Tower Development Limited

Project Developer: Laurus Development Partners


Surface area: 17.000 sqm       


Architecture and structural geometry: Mario Cucinella Architects + Deweger Gruter Brown & Partners

Team: Mario Cucinella, Luca Bertacchi (Architect in charge and Site Architect), Nada Balestri, Fabrizio Bonatti, Alberto Bruno, Hyun Seok Kim, Giulia Pentella, Giuseppe Perrone, Luca Sandri, Luca Stramigioli; Yuri Costantini (model maker)


Structural Engineering: Politecnica Ingegneria e Architettura - ing. Fabio Camorani, ing. Luciano Gasparini

Mechanical & Electrical Engineering: ChapmanBDSP


Associate Local Structural & Constructional Engineers: Twum Boafo & Partners, Accra

Associate Local MEP Engineers: Impact Technologies Limited, Accra

Local ArchitectDeweger Gruter Brown & Partners



Quantity Surveyors: AECOM, London

Associate Quantity

Surveyors: A-Kon Consults Limited, Accra

Construction Company: Micheletti LTD

Construction manager: MACE


Renderings: Cristian Chierici – CC79

Photos: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG